16-Year-Old Boy Badly Burned Doing the "Fire Challenge" (a.k.a. Lighting Himself on Fire)

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Play with fire and you might get crispy.
A 16-year-old Santa Ana boy was left with scars that will last a lifetime after setting himself on fire to settle an online dare, according to fire officials.

The unidentified lad is believed to be the latest victim of the "Fire Challenge" that is spreading on social media like wild you-know-what.

It involves putting an accelerant--in this case nail polish remover--on your chest, flicking your Bic, having it catch fire, recording the human fireball, dousing oneself and then posting the video online.

But in some cases, the person on fire does not get to the water or wet blanket or fire extinguisher in time to prevent major burns, which is what happened to this teen in the 900 block of South Standard Street Thursday afternoon.

Orange County Fire Authority Captain Larry Kurtz told KCAL/Channel 9 the boy was taken to a hospital with first- and second-degree burns to his hip, neck and face.

His injuries are not considered life-threatening, but Kurtz said they very well could have been had the boy inhaled the super heated gases, which can destroy lung tissue and prove fatal.

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Kevin J As Initial
Kevin J As Initial

how fuckin stupid do you actually have to be to set yourself on fire like its a game. i did some pretty stupid stuff at 16, but even then i dont recall ever even consideruing setting myself on fire in such a way as this

Erk Audelo Leon
Erk Audelo Leon

¡Pinches chamacos de ahora no están más pendejos porque rebotarían de lo mensos que están! Definitivamente no veo futuros abogados, doctores, ingenieros, etc...en estos tarados. Eduquen a sus hijos padres de Familia. Hacen cada tontería que hasta da miedo. ¿Todo por quedar bien ante quien?

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young topcommenter

Ever leave a pot of beans on the stove, forgetting about it until the rancid smell reminds you?


I'll bet that's what this guy smelled like as he went up in flames.

Don Gotti
Don Gotti

Dumb fuck... He was supposed to drink the nail polish remover first.

Paul Lucas
Paul Lucas

Just thinning the herd. Carry on.

Tam Pham Nguyen
Tam Pham Nguyen

If your a dumb ass to try then you'll be a dumb ass with a scare. Dumb ass kids now a days.

Kelly Hughes Davis
Kelly Hughes Davis

The only thing dumber than a teenager falling prey to these dumbass challenges is... Wait. There isn't anything dumber.

Albert Garcia
Albert Garcia

"Victim" makes it sound as if he had no choice. He did. He lost.

Tony Truong
Tony Truong

This is why nobody should do that :(

Matt O'Campo
Matt O'Campo

Someone should start the "Stop Doing Stupid Challenges" Challenge.

Jo Miyake
Jo Miyake

Are these kids, the future leaders of our country, setting themselves on fire? Oh lord

Armando Jr Solis
Armando Jr Solis

Well what did he think was gonna happen??? Thuuuurrrr!!!

EA Prieto
EA Prieto

Se lo merece por pendejo. Y a los padres burros tambien se van a merecen la fortuna que van a tener que pagar en cuestos medicos por no darle amor y cariño desde que era bebe al pobre guey.

Desirée Martinez
Desirée Martinez

People are so dumb. Don't do that. Who cares about these dumb challenges? So annoying, maybe someone thinking about doing it will get a clue, after hearing about this.

OC Weekly
OC Weekly

Darwin Award candidate for sure.

Thai Tran
Thai Tran

Where's the video? \U0001f3c3\U0001f525\U0001f691

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